Transportation

19th Avenue light rail line
More than two years after rejecting light rail expansion into west Phoenix, the City Council will soon be asked to reconsider. A subcommittee voted to support studying light rail options between Central and 91st avenues from McDowell to Camelback roads.
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Oct. 20, 2021
mesa fire truck
Mesa says it will be the first city in the United States to use an all-electric fire truck. On Monday, the City Council approved the $1.4 million purchase.
Oct. 19, 2021
Sky Harbor
Sky Harbor has now become dementia friendly as part of Phoenix’s initiative to become a dementia friendly city.
Oct. 12, 2021
Southwest Airlines plane
AAA Arizona is reminding Southwest Airlines passengers of their rights following nationwide delays and cancellations by the airline that began over the weekend.
Oct. 11, 2021
A taste of NASCAR is coming to downtown Phoenix intersection as the stock racing giant revs up for a major event in the Valley.
Oct. 7, 2021
A Valley Metro bus in Phoenix
Valley Metro passengers will be able to board through the front door again next week. In March 2020, riders began using the rear door to enter and exit buses to increase social distancing.
Oct. 5, 2021
help wanted sign
Nearly 90% of companies have added employee perks since the pandemic began, according to Robert Half’s 2022 Salary Guide. The annual report lists compensation for more than 500 positions across various industries.
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Oct. 4, 2021
A school bus picking up students
Schools across the country are struggling with a shortage of school bus drivers, and Arizona schools are no exception.
Oct. 4, 2021
Warehouse worker
More than 80% of global trade by volume is moved by sea, and the disruptions are adding billions of dollars to supply chain costs. But strengthening the supply chain during COVID-19 may come down to removing the chain altogether.
Sep. 30, 2021
St. James Hotel
A parking lot will replace a 92-year-old hotel that was recently demolished in downtown Phoenix. The owners of the site also own the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.
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Sep. 28, 2021
Passengers at Terminal 4 in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Sky Harbor International Airport is reporting its passenger numbers are nearing pre-pandemic levels and are up 63% from this time in 2020.
Sep. 28, 2021
Tempe Streetcar
Valley Metro announced last week that the Tempe Streetcar project, originally slated for launch in late 2021, has been pushed back to spring 2022. Valley Metro only has three of the necessary six streetcars it needs to launch the program.
Sep. 25, 2021
customer at counter inside store
Some workers at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport could soon get help covering child care costs. The city will offer vouchers and consider opening a child care center on airport property.
Sep. 22, 2021
Arizona’s jobs picture is improving. State unemployment is at pre-pandemic levels, and some sectors are near recovery. But job growth may have something to do with Arizona’s population growth.
Sep. 17, 2021
The completed Pinto Creek bridge on U.S. 60
After closing last weekend for roadway realignment, the newly constructed Pinto Creek bridge on U.S. 60 opened to traffic late Friday morning. The Arizona Department of Transportation began the $22.7 million bridge replacement project in 2019.
Sep. 17, 2021
traffic on Interstate 17
ADOT has begun negotiations with a design company that will oversee improvements on 23 miles of the freeway between Anthem Way and Sunset Point on I-17.
Sep. 13, 2021
U.S. 60 detour Superior Miami Globe Arizona
The U.S. 60 Closure between Superior and Miami began late Sunday as the Arizona Department of Transportation works to realign the roadway. ADOT says this is one of the final steps in the two-year, $22.7 million project to replace the Pinto Creek Bridge.
Sep. 13, 2021
Gov. Jan Brewer and  John Halikowski
One of the options for building out Interstate 11 is now off the table. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the option of running I-11 through the Lake Mead area near the Arizona state line was removed for numerous reasons, such as the potential impact on sensitive environmental resources and protected areas.
Sep. 7, 2021
charging station
Neighboring Sonora is home to large deposits of lithium, and the state’s incoming governor says that makes it the perfect location to pilot the use of electric vehicles. Governor-elect Alfonso Durazo says he wants to see Sonora lead the way to a transition from gas-powered to electric cars in Mexico.
Sep. 6, 2021
light rail
In 2004, Maricopa County voters approved a half-cent sales tax to help pay for transportation needs in the area. Now, Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith tells PBS’s “Arizona Horizons” that the tax is going to expire in 2025, and the company is working to get its replacement on next year’s ballot.
Sep. 4, 2021

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